Sullivan powers Bulldogs past Vikings

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 03:57 AM.

Picking up the win for Crestview was Matt Gillis, who kept Fort Walton Beach (2-3, 0-1) off balance the entire night. The senior left-hander struck out six and allowed two runs – zero earned – on seven hits and a pair of walks. But he needed help from Colter Hancock to close out the win.

Matt Gillis was chased after Casey Wehrhahn laced a double off the left field wall, David Mayberry beat out an infield single and Darren Hasch sacrificed the two into scoring position. In came Hancock, who gave up an initial infield single to Kevin Jones before racking up back-to-back strikeouts with the bases loaded to close out the district win and earn the save.

"I had complete faith in him," Sullivan said. "I knew he'd come through."

Added coach Gillis, "Colter's been really good in that situation all year and he hung in there. I thought he pitched really well."

It was the second time on the night FWB stranded the bases loaded, leaving the home team with 12 runners left on base.

Absorbing the loss was Nick Rathke, who was lights out aside from his pair of mistakes to Sullivan. The senior right-hander struck out four and allowed just three runs – two earned – on four hits and a pair of walks. Nick Boswell tossed a scoreless seventh in relief.

But those mistakes loomed large to Sullivan, who wasted little time putting his stamp on the night. After falling behind 0-2, he turned on a fastball on the inner part of the plate for a no-doubter well clear of the left field wall. Rathke's reaction said it all, the right-hander hanging his head after in disgust after failing to waste a pitch.



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